Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa ~ fragrance review

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa

Dolce & Gabbana has just launched Dolce Rosa Excelsa, a new floral fragrance for women. Dolce Rosa Excelsa is the second flanker to 2014’s Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana, following 2015’s Dolce Floral Drops. This time around, the bottle is blush pink with a deep red cap. The rose-inspired fragrance includes top notes of neroli leaves, papaya flower, white water lily and white daffodil; heart notes of Turkish rose and African Dog rose; and base notes of musk, cashmeran and sandalwood.

This happens again and again, and I never learn. Some upscale fashion brand releases a new rose fragrance, and I get my hopes up, despite the accumulated experience of the past decade, and then I try it and I’m disappointed…

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Friday scent of the day 4/15

old fashioned roses

Friday! Plus, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday and World Art Day. Our community project for today: we’re wearing rose for What’s in a name, part 1 (“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet”).

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I’m in Une Rose by Frédéric Malle. I smell pretty much perfect.

Reminder: on 4/22 we’re doing What’s in a name, part 2 — we’ll be wearing “misnamed” fragrances…

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Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture ~ fragrance review

Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture advert

Maybe it’s spring and its buddy “spring cleaning,” or maybe it’s my wasted state of mind from doing taxes, but I’m feeling the “get it done” attitude. Let’s skip the usual framing about rose or flankers or budding leaves or whatever and jump right into a review of Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture:

The facts: Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian developed Le Parfum Rose Couture. The notes listed in its initial press materials include peony, silken petals (whatever that is), rose, vanilla, jasmine, sandalwood and patchouli…

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Annick Goutal Rose Pompon ~ fragrance review


Over the past two weeks I’ve immersed myself in the ten-fragrance Derek Lam 10 Crosby collection, so this week I’m treating myself to a springtime rose fragrance by one of my favorite niche houses — to cleanse my palate, if you will. Annick Goutal‘s new Rose Pompon was developed by Camille Goutal with perfumer Philippine Courtière, and is designed to evoke a “young Parisian woman” who “exudes joie de vivre.” Its notes include Bulgarian rose, taïf rose, peony, black currant, raspberry, pink pepper, cedar, patchouli and white musk.

I like Rose Pompon, although it doesn’t feel like much of a rose perfume on my skin…

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Diptyque + Olympia Le-Tan Rosaviola ~ fragrance review

Diptyque + Olympia Le-Tan Rosaviola solid perfume with box

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Diptyque has introduced a limited edition capsule collection: Rosaviola, a scent packaged in collaboration with designer Olympia Le-Tan. I’m not specially a fan of Le-Tan, whom The New York Times has praised for her “glamorous geek aesthetic” and her clutch purses that reinterpret classic book covers in fabric and embroidery — a “nod to a bygone era when people carried actual books,” the Times tells us.1 I still carry real books, rather than a $2000 clutch, but I’m not one of the well-connected Le-Tan’s celebrity clients and never will be. What I am, however, is someone who can not resist a violet-rose perfume, so here we are.

Rosaviola is composed of notes of violet, violet leaf, raspberry, iris and leather; it’s meant to evoke the scent of a woman’s handbag and the cosmetics tucked inside…

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